Why Should I Blog When I Can’t Even…

17 Nov

Can’t write a line a day, so why attempt a blog?

  • fill out my One Line A Day book
  • keep my catalogue on LibraryThing up to date
  • organize my Evernote account
  • write in My Booknotes Journal
  • answer texts when I receive them
  • complete a shopping list
  • decide on a research question for my master thesis
  • work continously for ten minutes without checking my Facebook, twitter and news reader for new posts? (can’t be bothered linking to these for obvious reasons)

For several years now I have easily sidestepped the blogsphere, or possibly, the blogsphere has sidestepped me. “Digital journaling” never appealed to me and the few blogs I came across, I stumbled upon accidentally and read only sporadically. It is no coincidence, however, that when I for the first time in two years am allowed to sit down undisturbed in front of my laptop for hours on end, is the time I discover blogs and, in fact, discover that I love them. Over the past two months, I have become an avid blog follower, with a google reader account and a daily ritual of scouring for new interesting people to stalk digitally. It was only a matter of time before I joined the herds of people “flashing their asses online”, as my uncle so eloquently put it during a round of “Facebook, good or evil?” over the weekend.

I am a master student and a master of procrastination. Not only procrastination, but also indecisiveness. Not only indecisive, but also with minimal concentration skills, ref. list above. And the closer I get to my dissertation deadline, the more these unappreciated “skills” increase, until I am reduced to a blabbering ball of nerves, shouting “It’s the middle of November and I have written nothing and it’s not my fault!!” at the top of my lungs to an unimpressed husband. He cooly replies, “if you get off Facebook I’m sure you will free at least two hours every day”, and of course he is right.

I managed to keep my shameful blog addiction hidden for a while, but when I continuously started my sentences with “I read this interesting thing online today…” in stead of “I wrote five pages today about…”, he naturally caught on very quickly and dissertation complaints will continue to receive very little sympathy until I change my wicked ways. Thus, the natural conclusion is that I arguably cannot blog due to the combined nature of time constraints and risks of self-sabotage with the possible outcome that I will never graduate.

Hence, welcome to my blog.


3 Responses to “Why Should I Blog When I Can’t Even…”

  1. Char November 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I Know exactly what you mean, and Steve knows exactly what Steve means! 🙂 I have to say that I much prefer working life to student life, although I hope and believe you enjoy your studies more than I did. Much love!

    • Charlottes Net November 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      Thanks for my first comment, Charlotte (my old friend with the same name who’s man is also named Steve). I knew you (both) would relate!

  2. Rhys November 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Firstly, excellent news! One more thing to distract me from my masters also! Maybe I should start a blog…? Actually, no. I’ll leave it to you. You seem far more articulate than I.

    Secondly, for a split second I thought you’d left yourself your first 2 comments and I was witnessing the workings of a inner monologue!

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